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I first started coming to the Rye Y when I was working for a local family taking care of their kids and I used to bring them to the Y for classes and programs. And then a few years ago, my family and I moved to Rye not too far from the Y. I started bringing my own daughter, Naomi, to several classes including ballet, gymnastics and swimming. We love the instructors like Ellen Watermelon, Dawny Dew and Chiara.
My husband and I both use the fitness center and I am here at least 4 days a week. I live close by so I just walk over for all the activities with my daughter. The Y is really like a second home for our family and we really love it here. We’ve met a lot of people and made a lot of friends. And now with Naomi getting ready for kindergarten next year, we are hoping to enroll her in the Kindertime program, which runs after school.
Gretchen was one of 54 participants in the 2nd Annual Rye Y Story Project. View her narrated story above. Click here to read more about the project.
I’m going to be 87 years old. I’ve always kept in shape by walking between one and three miles a day. But then I wondered, would it be good to use one of these machines?
I’ve lived in Rye for 44 years and was a member of the Y for a brief period 25 years ago, when my kids were young. I rejoined about two months ago and started using the bike, the arm bike and the strength training machines. I feel just wonderful; it’s such a difference. I can measure it. Two months ago, I was at a level 4 on the bike. Now I’m at level 11. I’m just so delighted; I can’t tell you. And helping me do this is your wonderful staff. Anytime you ask something, you get answers quickly and efficiently.
Walking is wonderful, but it doesn’t use your muscles in the way they can be used. I’m still walking, but now I have more energy. I just feel good, better than ever. Before, I figured that I’d live to be 90. Now, I figure I’ll live to 100.
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